Christopher Frayling gives his verdict on Clint Eastwood’s new film Gran Torino in which Eastwood plays a racist, misanthropic Korean war-veteran. The 78 year old actor has said it will be his last acting role but is it a worthy vehicle for him?
Gran Torino is certificate 15 and is released on 20 February.
Matthew Sweet talks to the writer and theatre producer Michael Kustow about his new book In Search of Jerusalem. It’s a chronicle of a seizmic year in his life when, shaken by his mother’s death and the discovery he has cancer, Kustow finds he has to reinvent all his beliefs, including his Jewish roots and attitudes to the Israeli-Arab conflict.
In Search of Jerusalem by Michael Kurstow is published by Oberon Books and released on 26 February.
Forty years ago this month, David Attenborough commissioned one of the most celebrated BBC series of all time – Kenneth Clarke’s Civilisation. To mark the anniversary, Dr Jonathan Conlin, Christopher Frayling and Waldemar Januszczak looks back at the story of how the series was made and asks whether BBC arts broadcasting has been all downhill from there.The Civilisation season at the National Gallery
Waldemar Januszczak’s series on the Baroque begins on BBC Four next month.
Civilization by Jonathan Conlin is published by BFI Classics.
The Treasures of the Black Death
Professor Anne Curry goes hunting for Treasures of the Black Death – an exhibition displaying hoards of medieval gold and silver jewellery hidden by Jewish families in France at the time of the Black Death when Jews were blamed for spreading the disease.The Walace Collection Website
Treasures of the Black Death is on at the Wallace Collection from 19 February.
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